Italy on a Plate – Week in Italian Food: May 13, 2012

Bucatini all' amatriciana in Rome


After 11 days of dad-sitting traveling with dad (and no internet), I’m not only back with this week’s roundup of Italian food but I’m also back in Italy.  Late last night I arrived in Rome and spent my first day here walking, shopping food markets and a little snacking. Most of the photos in this post are from my day here. Tomorrow I have a post for you on making pasticciotto in Puglia and later this week I’ll share some of the good eats I’ve found in Rome!

Byt before I head off for some artichokes and a big plate of pasta, I wanted to get you this week’s top recipes, which include lots of fish – from Calabria, a fish cooking class in Abruzzo, fish soup and pesce in saor. There are also a few to-die-for desserts: a hazelnut & caramel crostata and a lemon & rosemary panacotta.  Eating Italy travels by mouth to Rome, with many food finds from Italy’s capital. Along with Rome, you can eat your way vicariously throughout the boot: chocolate in Umbria, cheesemaking and a cherry festival in Tuscany, restaurants in Lunigiana, Naples and along the sea in Lazio. Enjoy and Buon Appetito!



Pizza bianca sandwich from Il Forno in Rome


My Choice for This Week’s Top 10 Italian Food Recipes from Around the Web:

Minestra di CicerchieBriciole

Marinated Fava Beans with Burrata CheeseItalian Food Forever

A Sustainable Calabrian Lunch: La Pittea TropeanaEmiko Davies

Squid in Tomato Sauce with PolentaLife in Abruzzo

Pollo alla Cacciatora NapoletanaNapoli Unplugged

Fish SoupMario’s Italian Kitchen

Pesce in Saor Over a Tuscan Stove

Hazelnut and Caramel CrostataThe Front Burner

Jam Crostata – Video Recipe – Jul’s Kitchen

Lemon and Rosemary Pannacotta – Lucullian Delights



  Roman Artichokes at the Market


Eating Italy:

Choc Full of It: The Perugina Chocolate Factory – Possibly making chocolate, but defintely making a mes and looks fun at a Perugina chocolate class – Time Travel Turtle

Lake Trasimeno, Chocolate and Cashmere in Umbria – Roundup and video of the Travel Bloggers Unite meeting in Umbria with lots of links to more posts on chocolate in Umbria! – Umbria on the Blog

Six Pizzas in Rome that Will Make You Forget Naples – Being a Pizza Napoletana fanatic, I can’t say I agree with that title, but Katie Parla gives her picks for best pizza in Rome – Eater

Prawns of My Grandfather ~ Seafood and a Sunday Stroll Along the Waterfront in NaplesCarbonara’s Weblog

Cesare al Casaletto {Rome} – Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome

Osteria Fernanda, the Best Restaurant in TrastevereRevealed Rome

Rome Food Tour with Walks of ItalyBrowsing Rome

Wines of Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata and SiciliaScordo

Digestivi – the reasons Italians can easily put away those huge meals – Under a Tuscan Gun

The Day at Cantina Rizzi – Barbaresco Italianna

Day Trip Friday: Just Beach It – The beach and seafood in Santa Marinella, an easy day trip from Rome – Young in Rome

A New Restaurant in Old Lunigiana: Alla Piazza di SopraA Path to Lunch

Pecorino Fresh from the FarmPanini Girl

Cherry Lovers Flock to Festival in Lari (near Pisa) – The Florentine

Lidia Bastianich, portrait of an Italian-American MotherDoBianchi

On the Italy Food and Wine Trail: Bassano del Grappa – Honest Cooking

Visiting Dario Cecchini’s Butcher Shop and Restaurant in TuscanyEurope Up Close




Door in Trastevere

Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:

Wine in the City – May 16 to 19 – Naples – Throughout the city wine will be the focus of this event, where there will be wine to taste

Vitigno Italia – May 20 to 22 – Naples – 8th Annual Wine Festival in Naples at the Castel dell’ Ovo

Firenze Gelato Festival – May 23 to 27 – Florence – The piazzas and streets of Florence will be filled with gelato stands and gelato!

Festa Artusiana – June 16 to 24 – Forlimpopli – A gastronomic festival to celebrate Pellegrino Artusi, author of the first Italian cookbook, in his home town in the Emilia-Romagna region

Melodia del Vino – June 27 to July 7 – Various locations in Tuscany – Where Tuscan wines and classical music meet

Events in Tuscany – Site listing many events throughout Tuscany, and not only food and wine

Events in the Langhe area of Piedmont – Site from the Alba Tourist office listing many festivals, mostly wine & food, happening in the Langhe area of Piedmont



Join me on a Food & Wine Lover’s Culinary Journey Through Puglia!

Book your trip by May 30, 2012 and receive a $200/per person discount

Fish Dishes in Puglia



1 Comment

  1. Simona
    May 21st

    Love the photo with the bike. Thanks for mentioning my soup.

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